Hanoi in Vietnam originally grew up around Hoan Kiem Lake. With a history dated back to 3000 years, Hanoi, the capital of a united Vietnam, will impress you with its monuments, scenic beauty and reserves of history imprinted through the strife-torn colonial and political regimes. As you visit Hanoi, you must not miss out the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. The Presidential Palace in Hanoi was named among the 13 most beautiful palaces in the world by US magazine Architecture Digest.
The Presidential Palace, which is the official home of Vietnam’s president, is a three-storey structure with 30 rooms located north of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The building is a memento of the French contribution to architecture in Indochina.
The mustard-yellow palace was built by French architect Auguste Henri Vildieu from 1900 to 1906 to function as the living and operational bases of the governors-general of Indo-China.
The palace is enclosed by gardens, an orchard and the famous Mango Alley, a 300 feet long boulevard which leads from the palace to the stilt house where Ho Chi Minh lived.
History says that Ho Chi Minh declined to stay in the Presidential Palace when he returned to independent Vietnam after defeating the French in 1954. Instead he resided in a cottage within the premises of the palace from 1954 to 1958. He eventually built a Vietnamese stilt-house but used the palace when important guests came to Hanoi. His stilt house and carp ponds were made into the Presidential Palace Historical Site in 1975.
- You won't be allowed to enter the palace but you can go around it for a look from outside.
- The building is enclosed by gardens and orchard and the famous Mango Alley, which being 300 feet long boulevard, leads from the palace to the stilt house where Ho Chi Minh stayed.
- Displaying the French architectural style, the palace has a conical structure.
- There are gates of wrought iron with sentry boxes at the entry of the palace.
- You will find parts of Italian Renaissance design used in 16th and 17th centuries in the structure of the building like the second floor with a stairway ending in the arched portal, broken gables, intricate columns and aedicules./.